Canada OKs production of genetically modified salmon eggs

From the Canadian Press and The Guardian: AquaBounty Technologies, the U.S. company behind a proposal for genetically modified salmon that's awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has gotten the OK from the Canadian government to begin producing eggs for the fish at a former research hatchery on Prince Edward Island.

Environment Canada's conclusion that the eggs are not harmful to the environment or human health when produced in contained facilities marks a significant step for AquaBounty Technologies, the company's CEO said.

But Ron Stotish said the hatchery, in Souris, P.E.I., is awaiting decisions from Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the fish and eggs are available for sale.

The AquaBounty process would create fast-growing, supersized Atlantic salmon by splicing into its genes DNA from Pacific chinook salmon and ocean pout. AquaBounty's plans are widely opposed in Alaska and by opponents of genetically modified food.

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